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Khaf-Herat-China Railway; a Transition Opportunity to Geo-Economic Situation
Gholamheidar Ebrahimbay Salami *
Department of Business, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran , gsalami@ut.ac.ir
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Aims & Backgrounds: Analyzing how the international rail network is being developed and expanded from Iran to Afghanistan and China, either directly or through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, can facilitate transport and cultural links with Europe and the Western world. Construction of a railway from Khawaf in eastern Iran to Herat, Afghanistan, and the creation of the Herat Railway Corridor to Kashgar, China are the main focus of this article which create a good basis to develop infrastructure, economic investment especially in mines and facilitation of interaction among countries. When this strategic plan is completed and implemented, it provides a good framework for infrastructure development, economic investment, especially mining, interaction and exchange between countries. The geopolitical and geostrategic position of this land makes it a geoeconomic situation.
Conclusion: Despite the important functions, threats and challenges to this strategic plan are; 1- Delays by the Iranian government in completing the Khaf to Herat railway, 2- Possibility of Russian railway extension from Mazar-e-Sharif to Herat and Kabul following the construction of a newly constructed railway from the Heiratan area on the Uzbekistan border to Mazari Sharif, 3- Possibility of extension of Indian subcontinent railway from Spin Boldak Pakistan to Kandahar Afghanistan and weakening Herat geoeconomic situation in near future. Any neglect of the railway construction on the Khaf route to Kashgar will result in irreparable international losses for European countries, China and the countries of the region, especially Iran and Afghanistan in the future.
Keywords: Khaf-Herat Railway, Herat-Kashgar Corridor, Silk Road, Khaf to Kashgar, Geoeconomic Situation
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Article Type: Original Research | Subject: Regional Planning
Received: 2019/07/9 | Accepted: 2019/08/5 | Published: 2019/09/7
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